|These shade trees in my local park will not be providing any shade in the future.|
We lost electricity, but our building has an emergency generator that kicked in beautifully. Looking outside, I could see we were the lucky ones as all other buildings were in darkness.
After a few hours, the water pumps were turned off in our building. This is quite a tall building so water is pumped up to the roof and gravity fed to all the rooms below. The building manager spoke on the PA system and advised everyone to shelter in the bathrooms for a few hours. The eye of the cyclone passed right over us. Soon it was all over. Water and normal electricity were switched on again. Rain and wind stopped. We looked outside.
|One of the main streets in the CBD|
Minor water leaks were bubbling in the parks. One major broken pipe was being repaired in the main street near us. Shop signs had been torn off and scattered about. Some buildings which had not been well built or maintained had suffered minor damage.
The real damage has been caused by trees. Cars, fences, shadecloths, and buildings are crushed, ripped, and damaged. It is not safe to drink the water as so many pipes have been broken, but everyone now has access to water for other purposes. Trees brought down overhead power lines. That left nearly 30 000 people without electricity. Streets were blocked by fallen trees.
|Irrrigation lines burst as trees fell.|
Yesterday the hardware stores sold out of chainsaws and generators. Schools are closed until they are safe for children and staff. There is no electricity for the airconditioning for most of them. The children can not get a safe drink from the bubblers. Only about 10 000 homes are now without any electricity, but powerlines are still down in some areas. Many streets have now been cleared. Some busses will run today. Traffic lights are working again.
The looters have been busy.
This has been a huge wakeup call for our area. Just a little Category 2!! All this damage!
|The cleanup is a big job.|